Lisnagre and Roughan herds steal the Charolais show in Elphin
The performances of the Lisnagre and Roughan herds stole the show at the Irish Charolais Society Premier Spring Show and Sale at Elphin, Co Roscommon where eight animals from the two herds topped €50,600 in the sales ring.
The senior championship went to Jim Geoghegan's, Lisnagre Jessy bred in his herd at Streamstown, Mullingar, and the first prize winner at last year's national show by Lisnagre Elite (LGL) out of the home bred dam was purchased by JP Higgins, Springfield, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh for €10,500.
Jim sold his second bull Lisnagre Jameson to Scottish breeder, Murray Lyle, Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland for €6,200 and Lisnagre Jordan to Thomas Mulligan, Ardacarra, Bohola, Co Mayo for €4,400.
The junior male championship was awarded to Roughan Jaden exhibited by Co Donegal breeder, Pat McClean, Roughan, Newtowncunningham, Lifford by his stock bull Roughan Enzo, and out of a homebred dam was sold at €10,500 to S and D Bothwell, St Angelo, Ballina Mallard, Co Fermanagh.
Pat, who made a clean sweep of the first three places in the class, sold his second prize winner Roughan Jackson for €8,000 to Padraic Hegarty, Farnagh Hill, Longford, and his third prize winner Roughan Jagger to Jimmy Cosgrove, Enfield, Co Meath for €6,000.
His fourth sale entry, also a second prize winner Roughan Jerimiah was sold for €5,000 to Eamon Rice, Market Hill, Armagh.
The trade was very strong for the top bulls with many selling for over €5,000.
The sale overall achieved a clearance of 65pc with strong interest and one bull exported to Scotland, and 12 going to the Northern Ireland area.